Scientific Glass Blowing, Randomly Generated Spaceships, and Watermelon Breeding: Lux Recommends #43
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A Renaissance painting reveals how breeding changed watermelons: Artistic history meets artificial selection. — Sam
The dying breed of craftsmen behind the tools that make scientific research possible: A glimpse into a dying technical craft. Like A Canticle for Leibowitz. — Josh
Why is it so hard to create a national park? “What was true in 1872, when Yellowstone was dubbed the world’s first national park, is still true today with the brouhaha over the creation of a park in the Maine Woods: There’s almost always strong opposition when a proposal is made to add more land to the parks system”.— Adam K
A Unified Theory of Randomness: “random shapes can be categorized into various classes, that these classes have distinct properties of their own, and that some kinds of random objects have surprisingly clear connections with other kinds of random objects. Their work forms the beginning of a unified theory of geometric randomness.” — Sam
Cactus bugs compensate for lack of weapons with bigger balls: “We wanted to see if these males, who dropped a weapon, allocate more resources to another trait that increases reproductive success — testes.” — Bilal
RIP Seymour Papert, creator of the programming language Logo: “As early as 1968, Papert introduced the idea that computer programming and debugging can provide children a way to think about their own thinking and learn about their own learning.”
And in case you missed the news about flossing, it might not actually be important.
The Night Of: It’s The Wire x Oz x Making of A Murderer all in one. Incredible pacing, suspense, cinematography, morality, justice, intrigue, institutional decay and injustice. I caught up quickly and am pining for next 4 episodes. — Josh
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